The journey Bishop John made to his current role was not a simple one. Before Vorkuta he served in the Ivanovo Region for a long time, but was actually born in Novosibirsk, where he defended his dissertation in radiophysics, worked as a researcher, and taught. That is, before he suddenly changed his life.
In 2009, the well-known Russian Protestant pastor Igor Zyryanov converted to Orthodoxy along with his entire community of neo-Pentecostals. We spoke with Fr. Igor about his discoveries in Orthodoxy, as well as about the best way to speak with Protestants about the true faith.
What happens when people follow the will of God, no matter how strange or unexpected it may seem, and what ensues when they stubbornly insist on having their own way? Find the answer in these three stories of Fr. Dimitry Torshin, the priest of the Church of the Dormition in Ozerskoye (Podborki) Village near Kozelsk.
The guest of today’s program is Anton Gotman, who had been practicing Buddhism for a long time. In this interview, he will tell us what he was looking for but couldn’t find in Buddhism and how Christ touched his heart.
Fr. Gregory had previously served as an Anglican priest, but in 1992 he became disappointed in Anglicanism and embraced Orthodoxy. Three years later he was ordained and since then has served at a parish of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch in Manchester—one of the largest English cities—for over twenty years.
Speaking with strangers in streets about the innermost things is a real challenge, a personal podvig which can only be performed by somebody who came to wholeheartedly believe in the Truth and strives to live according to Its will.
In this short video, well-known Russian priest Fr. Andrei Tkachev talks about the phenomenon of people converting to Orthodox Christianity throughout the world, here esecially focusing on America and Turkey. As Fr. Andrei explains, people are looking for the deeper undercurrent of their lives and cultures, and are finding it in the Christ's true Orthodox Church.
All the names of the people I talked with have been changed. They agreed to tell me about their greatest secrets in the hope that these stories will help people understand that no matter how dark the night, there is always a path to the light.
In this engaging video, Fr. John Valadez speaks of the soul-destroying pitfalls of the punk culture he once found himself wrapped up in, and how the zine Death to the World, founed by former punks turned monks, helped him and many others to find the light of Christ in the Orthodox Church.
Alexander read many atheistic and anti-Christian books trying to convince himself that Christianity was unviable, but discovered the depth and intellectual power of Orthodoxy instead. He will tell us how his intellectual quest led him to faith.
He awoke at the grinding sound of the door opening. The guards had come. Releasing Tolya from the handcuffs, they led him upstairs. “Well, this is it,” he thought, “now they are going to kill me and my wasted life is going to end.” They took him outside. Anatoly winced, thinking it’s the end.